Boks aiming for perfect tour
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:38
I want to win every single game until the World Cup
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says he would not settle for anything less than two out of two victories on their Australasian tour.
While the Boks' victory over Argentina in Mendoza last weekend was anything but convincing, they have now won eight matches on the trot.
"If you open the back door for only one win, you will probably only win one and. I've never coached with the attitude of not winning a game," Meyer said in Johannesburg on Friday.
"I want to win every single game until the World Cup and that needs to be the attitude of the team.
"You go into games to win it and if you don't believe you can win it, there is no use climbing on the airplane."
However, the Springboks face a tough task ahead of next week's Test against Australia in Brisbane.
They have not beaten the Wallabies on Australian soil since 2009, and Brisbane, in particular, has been unkind to the Boks, where they last won a match in 1971.
"Every single win away for me is a great win. We've won four on the trot away from home," Meyer said.
"We got a lot of confidence out of that game (in Mendoza)."
Meyer said the team had learnt a great deal from the tightly-contested matches during the year-end tour to the UK and more recently against Scotland at home.
"Slowly but surely the team is learning and starting to adapt to what I want and how to handle pressure," he said.
"Away games will always be an arm wrestle. You get stuck in, you have to have your set phases at 100 percent.
"You need good defence, to absorb the pressure and you need a 90-percent plus goal-kicker, which cost us last year."
The Bok mentor said history suggested the odds were stacked against them, but he believes his side has shown a defiant character.
"I am happy with the way we are starting to absorb pressure. Now we face our biggest challenge because we haven't won there for quite some time.
"We'd never won at Soccer City and we'd never won in Mendoza, and now we've done that.
"I believe the team is mentally getting stronger, so there is a mental toughness getting into the team," he added.
|South African news|
|» Coastal sides make their move|
|» Make or break in Varsity Cup|
|» Community Cup comes up Roses|
|» Simba bare teeth on debut|
|» SA Rugby Annual 2014 - even better|